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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Have A Heart for First Nations Children

(Dr. Cindy Blackstock) Photo By: Christine McFarlane

Have a Heart for First Nations Children:
By: Christine McFarlane

I recently attended a talk by Dr. Cindy Blackstock who is the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. She spoke candidly about her advocacy work involving First Nations children. She maintains that her vision is to have a generation of First Nations children who are given the same opportunities to succeed, celebrate their culture and be proud of who they are, just like other children in Canada.

Blackstock has served for over 20 years in the Child and Family Services sector and speaks all over the world and throughout Canada on First Nations issues, specifically with regards to First Nations children, who are considered one of the most vulnerable members of our society.

A new initiative that she has started is titled "Have A Heart" In support of this initiative and Dr. Cindy Blackstock's work, I am posting information about this initiative so that in one way or another we can all get involved and spread the word! 

The Have a Heart campaign invites individuals to support culturally based equity for First Nations children living on reserve. On February 14th, 2012, Valentine’s Day, show your love, unity and compassion by engaging in respectful activities that support equity for First Nations children so that each and every child in Canada is treated fairly and can grow up happy.

Take action! Send Valentine’s cards to your local Member of Parliament, to the Prime Minister or the Premieres to show your support. The Caring Society has cards on their website to print or to send electronically or you can purchase packages of 5 in either English or French – 3 for $25 or 1 for $10. All proceeds support I Am a Witness, Jordan’s Principle and Shannen’s Dream. You can also show your support by spreading awareness through your networks or through social media sites like YouTube, Twitter or Facebook. If you cannot attend the hearing and take part in the fun activities in Ottawa, host a Valentine’s Day party! See­‐a-­‐heart for more information.

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